Pocket friendly, user friendly
I have often complained about the indifferent quality of the hardware of mid-segment Android smartphones brought out by Indian companies. The Lava Iris Pro 30 is an exception. I don’t mind saying it is one of the best looking Android smartphones in the ` 15,000 price range. This is Lava’s flagship offering. It has a superb 4.7 inch 720p HD screen from Sharp. The colours were crystal clear on this screen. It is comfortable to operate with a single hand, Lava has kept it slim and sleek at 7.5mm. The soft matt back is smooth with an 8MP camera and a very small Lava branding. This is a dual SIM phone with the slots hidden below the back panel. There is a regular SIM card slot along with a micro SIM and microSD. The Iris Pro 30 packs a 1.2Ghz quad core chipset from Mediatek, which is paired with 1GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.2 and offers 4GB internal storage, which really is not enough. It offers a decent performance, without any lag. I launched multiple apps in the background and easily managed to switch between them. There wasn’t any delay in gaming either but the phone did heat-up after long gaming sessions. I also played a few HD videos from YouTube. It smoothly downloaded apps from the Play Store too. The 8MP camera captured decent images. Lava claims the screen consumes 30 per cent less power than others, but in fact it lasted only a day on average use.